In 250-300 words, revisit your Easter holiday research homework and discuss if and how your understanding of light has changed during this module. In an additional, but separate 250-300 words, critically reflect on how your practice has developed during this module.
Your final writing for task 5 needs to evidenced on your archived blog and handed in as part of your final submission for 152MC on May 21 at 4pm, along with a coversheet (NB coversheets can be downloaded from the 152MC moodle homepage).
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Easter Holiday Research – Critical Reflection:
At the beginning of this module “Working with Light” we were set an Easter task to collect images with interesting uses of light. This research lead me to see how creative light can be, and how a photographer can use light to be imaginative in their own work. We were also set a task to make a pinhole camera, which looks at the basics of photography, this was useful as we could see how light works to create a photograph. This meant that I now had the ability to see where technology has lead us and how much control we have over the lighting of our images now, for example Tim Walkers image from my easter task (https://jstonelyphotography.files.wordpress.com/2013/04/images.jpg) or this image of the car headlights and break lights swirling in and out of the town (https://jstonelyphotography.files.wordpress.com/2013/04/10213_amazing-photography-3.jpg).
During Easter when I was researching these images I took for granted the setups of the light, I didn’t consider how these creations were made. I saw the effect on the image and considered my emotional response to the work, rather than the hard work and deliberation over the lighting that the photographer had to consider and pre-visualise. When I look at an image now I no longer take the lighting for granted, I realise that the photographer made these decisions and considered how they would affect the image. It is important for photographers to pre-visualise and know what their photograph will look like before they have even taken it. The photographer should know what they want an image to look like and to be able to set up the lighting to reach this desired affect, for example when taking this image the photographer would have planned to take a silhouette (https://jstonelyphotography.files.wordpress.com/2013/04/silhouette-photography-contre-jour.jpg).
The images I looked at over Easter still interest me in their use of light. I would like to develop my skills and work towards creating lots of different lighting scenarios, like I looked at in my Easter research, I would particularly like to re-create the lighting in Tim Walkers photograph (https://jstonelyphotography.files.wordpress.com/2013/04/images.jpg). I have a broader and deeper understanding of light along with its limitations and its abilities to create. By applying lighting concepts to professional photographers work I now have a deeper understanding of the main concepts of lighting and its creativity.
152MC Module – Critical Reflection:
This term we were set small tasks rather than larger assignments; I personally found this more of a challenge at first as I found it hard to manage my time. I prefer longer larger assignments, which I can spend time developing, rather than having to think about many different tasks at once. However I pushed through and developed on my professional practice skills.
Task 1 was to create a manual on lighting and pinhole photography, this was helpful as I could write my notes up and create a video and a booklet. This resource that I have made will help me in the future whenever I am pre-visualising my lighting for an image.( For further information see https://jstonelyphotography.wordpress.com/2013/04/20/forum-good-and-bad-instruction-manuals/)
Task 2 was a pinhole camera task; we had to photograph a non-space devoid of human presence. I challenged myself on this task, and decided on indoor images, this was harder as there was less ambient light, which meant I would have to use a longer exposure. I am proud of the final set; the final outcome has a narrative and the images work together well.( For further information see https://jstonelyphotography.wordpress.com/2013/05/04/task-2-pinhole/)
Task 3 was to take a portrait and object shots to show someone’s personality. I challenged the representation of a portrait; the silhouettes add mystery to the images, I illustrated personality through the objects instead. I looked at Yohji Yamamoto Red Bustle by Nick Knight for inspiration, as I wanted to create similar silhouette lighting.( For further information see https://jstonelyphotography.wordpress.com/2013/05/04/task-3/)
Task 4 was to enter a photography competition by Severn Water; I enjoyed working from a brief, as I had to understand what style of imagery they wanted submitted. On the day of the trip the weather was bad so I found it difficult to take aesthetically pleasing images. However I persevered and faced the challenge, I am now extremely pleased with my entry.( for further information see https://jstonelyphotography.wordpress.com/2013/05/08/task-4/)
These tasks have developed my organization, research and planning skills; they have also helped my communication with models, and strengthened my lighting and shooting skills. I now pre-visualise and think about my photography more, as I realise that it will save time, and create better imagery if I do this. One piece of advice I took from Michael Collins lecture was to ‘look, feel then think’, I have taken this on board and now take time to take in my surroundings and see what effect I can create from them. All these skills have helped me grow as a photographer and work in a professional manner.